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Puzzle

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Puzzle
Technical name:Joke/Puzzle
Threat level:Low
Alias:application Slider joke, Trojan.Win32.DesktopPuzzle
Type:Joke
Effects:  

It splits the Desktop into several tiles and waits for the user to solve the puzzle.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98

Detection updated on:Feb. 13, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Puzzle is a joke type malware. These harmless programs display fake error messages on screen warning of destructive actions, simulate these actions or change the mouse or screen settings.

In this particular case, Puzzle splits the Desktop into several tiles and waits for the user to solve the puzzle.

Puzzle finishes its execution when the user solves the sliding tile puzzle or ends the process belonging to it through the Task Manager.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Puzzle is easy to recognize, as it splits the Desktop into several tiles and waits for the user to solve the puzzle: